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at the sbreppid panetta warned the u.s. is facing the possibility of a pearl harbor that could shut down the networks and critical network systems. this is about 40 minutes. >> frank, five words, you deserve to be here. ladies and gentlemen, it is now my great pleasure and high honor to introduce one of the most talented and experienced lead ners american government. a mon who serves our country by meeting the extraordinary challenges of our times. i'm sure secretary of defense panetta thinks back to his days in the u.s. intelligence where he received the accommodation medal. as a member of congress he chared the committee. from there president clinton tapped him to become chief of staff. lee on panetta made and very public contribution to the defense of the united states of america and to our very own new york city. he oversaw the successful and daring mission that ended the life of one osama bin lad din t. persistence, courage and tenacity required to accomplish this remind me of a quote from president kennedy let every nation know that wishes us ill should pay any price be any hardshi
force on the border on the jordanian side of the syrian border, secretary panetta described it today as aiding the jordanians, but having american troops that close to what is going on in syria -- is that not an escalation? >> we have always said that contingency planning is the responsible thing to do, and we have been working closely with it -- for some time with our partners. jordan has been taking an important role. as we have seen with the syrian regime's violations last week of turkish sovereignty, our partners in the region are greatly affected by assad's brutal campaign, so we will continue to coordinate closely with our partners moving forward as we have in the past. >> u.s. boots on the ground right next to a war zone -- is this an escalation? >> it is not an escalation. it is working with a partner to deal with the impacts of assad's brutality. >> as you know, many of the administration's critics would like to see a more active role by these troops. >> our position on providing military legal assistance has not changed. it is our position that what is needed in syria is no
spread across government. secretary panetta says that we can find things, just to not give us a number that is too big. there are specifics that we can do this year to avoid sequestration effects. >> this week the supreme court is going to tackle affirmative action. should race be a factor as to whether or not they are admitted to a virginia college? >> the supreme court is going to tackle this case, which they last dealt with in the university of michigan case in the early 2000's. the issue there is to our public colleges except students and a student body that look like the population is served. my kids have gone to public schools and they have come up in classrooms that are extremely diverse. they have got a great academic education and a spectacular education that comes from the folks living in the real virginia today. i would hope that what the supreme court would do in this case, and they would affirm that it is ok for a public institution, whether it is a government handing out contracts were college admitting students, that it is ok for them to try to make sure that their stude
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